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Over 24 Hours After Arrest, AOC Responds to Claims She Was Faking Being Handcuffed

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On Tuesday, over 30 Democrats, including 17 Democratic lawmakers, including squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), were arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court for blocking First Street NE. As Spencer highlighted at the time, it was quite a spectacle, with AOC and the others pretending to be handcuffed, though the congresswoman did at one point drop the charade to engage in a fist-pump. 

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Sarah highlighted earlier how ABC News was criticized for falling for the stunt. Many others, though, saw right through the scheme and mocked the Democratic lawmakers for such a stunt. 

The arrests starting taking place at about 1:20pm on Tuesday, after police had given the protesters three warnings. Shortly after 1:30pm on Wednesday, AOC finally addressed her act, by responding to Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) who was among those calling her out over Twitter. "Politics has become performative art," Mace's tweet read in part. "Performance, not policy, is the name of the game up here."

AOC claimed that she was not, in fact, faking it, but that it was "a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest." She then went after Mace on a personal level, claiming she "lied about a fellow rape survivor for 'points.'"

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), another squad member, who also was arrested, retweeted AOC's response. 

As our friends at Twitchy highlighted, many took issue with AOC claiming it was the "best practice," especially since she departed from said "best practice" for the fist pump.

Mace herself responded to AOC's tweet, complete with video of the arrest, as she also took issue with the fist bump.

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The tweet even got under the List's radar. 

The arrests took place at a pro-abortion rally protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturned Roe v. Wade. 

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